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Mediterranean Spain’s Best Wine Values

Spain’s warm coast is a great source for robust reds, made mostly from sun-loving varieties like Grenache and Monastrell.

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Mediterranean Spain Bottles:

2007 Wrongo Dongo ($8)

The name is ridiculous and might embarrass anyone bringing this bottle to a fancy dinner party, but the wine itself is inarguably fun to drink. Made from the Monastrell grape variety, it’s got lots of lively blackberry flavor and a plump, juicy texture.

2007 Bodegas Luzon Luzon Verde ($9)

The warm climate of Jumilla is ideal for robust, spicy reds like this one, from one of the region’s best-known producers. It’s loaded with sweet raspberry and black pepper notes.

2007 Masies d’Avinyo Abadal ($10)

An unusual blend of Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo, this red from the obscure (in the U.S., at least) Pla de Bages region combines the strengths of both grape varieties almost seamlessly. The resulting wine has deep raspberry and red-cherry fruit and a hint of black tea.

2006 Vinos Sin-Ley Monastrell No 2 ($10)

The name of this winery translates as “wines without law,” a nod to the project’s unconventional setup—it’s a small cooperative of ambitious Spanish winemakers from different up-and-coming regions. This bottling, from winemaker Salvador Poveda in Alicante, joins dark, rich fruit with herbal tobacco notes.

2006 Torres Sangre de Toro ($11)

There’s an old-fashioned quality to this cedary, cherry-inflected red, possibly because it isn’t nearly as overblown and heavy as many newer Spanish reds. Sangre de Toro has been a go-to value for years.

2005 Bodegas Castaño Hécula Monastrell ($13)

Proprietor Ramon Castaño Santa has made his reputation by focusing on the wealth of ancient Monastrell vines found in Spain’s Yecla region (on the country’s southeastern Mediterranean coast). His muscular, spicy Hécula bottling shows exactly why those old vines are so valued.

2005 Capçanes Mas Donis Barrica ($15)

Another wine that outperforms its price to an absurd degree, this blend of Garnacha and Syrah from Spain’s Montsant region has layers of cherry-liqueur and blackberry flavors. Montsant, an up-and-coming region, essentially embraces the smaller Priorat region, the source of many of Spain’s most sought-after (and most expensive) wines.

2007 Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia Tempranillo ($15)

The screw-top-sealed bottle looks a lot like a lab flask, but the plummy, peppery red liquid inside is definitely wine (good Tempranillo, in fact, from Spain’s Yecla region). This bottling is part of a new project from U.S. winemaker and film director Francis Ford Coppola, featuring local grape varieties from regions around the world.

Published April 2009
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